Seen from SkyCam: A bird-watcher’s paradise in Plainfield

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PLAINFIELD, Ill. – Six thousand birds, all in the same place. That’s what bird watchers have to look forward to seeing in Plainfield, Ill., next month as nesting season ends.

One day Skycam9 flew over Plainfield and saw, just west of I-55 near Renwick Road, little wooden structures built in the middle of a lake -- and when you look closer, you see birds all over.

Sarah Jindra reached out to the Forest Preserve District of Will County to find out what was happening down below.

It turns out the structures on the islands were built to mimic trees that once stood on the islands.

This nesting option has proven to be helpful in growing specific bird populations.

The birds are currently protecting their eggs, which are expected to begin hatching in about two weeks.

Every year bird lovers get to see that site in plainfield.

You can go check it out in a couple of weeks when the babies all hatch, but visitors are only allowed in at designated times during breeding season, so they don’t disrupt the breeding process.
Lake Renwick  Heron Rookery Nature Preserve:

May 1 – August 15 (Breeding Season)
Wednesday’s, 10 a.m. to Noon
Saturday’s, 8 a.m. to Noon

August 16 to February 28:
8 a.m. to sunset

Visitors can expect to see: 
Great Blue Herons
Great Egrets
Black-Crowned Night Herons
Double-Crested Cormorants
Cattle Egrets

More Information: http://www.reconnectwithnature.org/preserves-trails/Lake-Renwick-Rookery

 

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